It's an abbreviated Friday to Sunday with the All-Star break this week, so instead of the usual one elite starting pitcher for each day, Monty Andrews has you covered with starting pitching options for both DFS tournament and cash game play.
Here are the top daily fantasy pitching options for the coming week:
Friday (Cash Game): RHP Jacob Faria, Rays (at Angels)
The Rays are showing the utmost confidence in Faria, giving the rookie right-hander the team's first start after the All-Star break. Faria has been a revelation to daily fantasy players so far, boasting a 4-0 record with incredible peripherals (2.11 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) and nearly a strikeout per inning over his first six major-league starts. And that includes four games against a trio of potent offenses in Boston, Baltimore and Toronto. He should have no trouble extending his run of success against the punchless Angels.
Friday (Tournament): RHP Nick Pivetta, Phillies (at Brewers)
Pivetta's name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue of daily fantasy enthusiasts, but he might be a sneaky good large-scale tournament play Friday night. He has fallen victim to the long ball of late, surrendering seven home runs over his last four starts - but with quality outings in five of his last six turns and nine or more strikeouts in three of those games, he represents a perfect pivot as he faces a Brewers team that has one of the worst strikeout rates in the majors. Take a shot on Pivetta at a reduced salary.
Saturday (Cash Game): LHP Chris Sale, Red Sox (vs. Yankees)
It isn't clear who the Yankees will be sending to the mound in this one, but it probably won't matter. Sale has everything in his favor heading into a showdown with the Bronx Bombers, leading the majors in strikeouts by a significant margin and having already dominated New York once this season (8 IP, 2 ER, 10 K). The Yankees boast one of the most imposing lineups in the majors, but they also rank 11th in strikeout rate. He's the safest choice of the day, and should be in all your cash game lineups.
Saturday (Tournament): RHP Corey Kluber, Indians (at Athletics)
You could easily interchange Kluber and Sale on this slate, but Sale is the better cash-game option by virtue of his consistency. That said, Kluber is far from an inferior option; he has recorded double digits in strikeouts in six of his previous eight starts, and has allowed a minuscule eight earned runs over his last eight turns. Oakland represents a terrific matchup for Kluber, who has been one of the top pitchers in baseball since the beginning of June and has incredible upside out West.
Sunday (Cash Game): LHP Rich Hill, Dodgers (at Marlins)
You might look at a pitcher who has already had a seven-walk game this season and wonder how in the world he could qualify as a cash-game lock. But Hill has looked nothing like the pitcher who issued all those free passes back on May 24, rolling through his last four starts (1.73 ERA, .154 OPP BA) while fanning 35 batters over 26 innings in that span. Miami doesn't pose much of a threat to Hill's hot streak, and his incredible strikeout floor makes him a perfect cash-game choice to end the week.
Sunday (Tournament): RHP Mike Fiers, Astros (vs. Twins)
It might seem hard to believe if you've been following his career, but Fiers has kept the ball in the park as well as any pitcher in baseball since the end of May. The veteran right-hander has been taken deep just once over his previous eight starts, going 4-2 over that stretch while lowering his ERA from 5.21 all the way down to 3.84. The Twins are a good hitting team, but Fiers' recent success and decent strikeout upside make him a reasonable long-shot tournament play Sunday.